basic rider course

This 5-minute video is a capsule summary of what you'll experience in our hands-on, 15 hour, Basic RiderCourse training program. Five hours of classroom instruction prepare you for ten hours of practical riding in a controlled, off-street environment, under the guidance of MSF-certified RiderCoaches.

Prepare for the classroom by exploring our available study materials to better prepare you for the Knowledge portion of the class

The Basic RiderCourse is the best place for new riders to start once you’ve made the decision to ride.

This is a 15-hour course; 5 hours classroom hours and 10 hours riding a motorcycle spread out over 2 consecutive days.

  • Motorcycle's are provided for the class

  • Helmet Rental's are offered for this course; learn more HERE

  • Virginia will waive both the written and riding tests for your M2 endorsement.

  • Graduates may qualify for insurance premium discounts with some motorcycle insurers.

  • Completion of the Basic RiderCourse satisfies the requirements of the Department of Defense regulations regarding motorcycle training for active duty military members and civilians operating a motorcycle on and off military installations.

The Basic RiderCourse is conducted at a pace that results in successful completion for most novice riders. Our RiderCoaches will help you learn to the best of your ability. If you have significant difficulty or become a risk to yourself or others, as determined by you or your RiderCoaches, you will not be permitted to continue to ride (other options may be available for developing your riding skills).

If you would like a head-start or are worried that you may not be able to keep up, consider our Intro to Motorcycle Riding Course

To successfully complete the course, you must:

  1. Attend and participate in all sessions.

  2. Achieve a minimum score on a knowledge test covering course materials.

  3. Achieve a passing score on a riding-skill evaluation.

Successfully completing the Basic RiderCourse is not a guarantee that you will be safe on the road. Only you can choose the level of safety you wish to maintain. The course will provide you with the opportunities and experiences to acquire the basic knowledge and skill that enable you to continue to practice and develop your safe riding habits. Safe riding is also a matter of attitude, and only you can provide that.

Please contact PRU so that we are made aware of any special medical requirements or other special considerations that may be required.

Our Late Fee and Cancellation Policy may be viewed HERE

You must provide your own shatter-resistant eye protection, sturdy over the ankle footwear (non-canvas), long sleeved shirt or jacket, long non-flare denim pants or equivalent protective material and full fingered (preferably leather) gloves.

What to ExpecT

  • 15-hours of instruction (5 hours classroom/10 hours riding)

  • Range exercises include low-speed maneuvers and basic skills such as shifting, accelerating, braking, cornering, U-turn, lane change

  • You’ll be with the same group for the duration of your training

  • You’ll receive individual RiderCoach feedback while learning to ride

  • Motorcycles are provided for the course

  • Helmets & Gloves are available at $25 for rent during the course

  • Types and/or models of motorcycles available vary by site. Ask your RiderCoach which training bike is best for you based on your height, weight or preferred riding style

We offer a variety of bikes in our classes.  If you are small or tall just let us know and we will make sure we have the right mix of bikes to try and accommodate your needs. 

Tuition Discounts available for Coleman PowerSports VIP's, Motorcyle Clubs, Military, First responders, and former students! Need a promo code?  Just call us.

Here is a List of the 14 Hands-on Riding Exercises in the Course:

Motorcycle Familiarization

Review T-CLOCS pre-ride inspection

Identify location and operation of important controls and major parts

Review mounting/dismounting procedures

Review elements of good posture

Using the Friction Zone

Become skilled in using the clutch friction zone for control

Starting & Stopping Drill

Coordinate the friction zone, throttle, and brakes to control the motorcycle

Start out and stop with precision and control

Shifting & Stopping

Shift gears and stop smoothly

Basic Skill Practice

Refine low-speed maneuvering skills

Refine throttle use and brake manipulation for corners

Pressing to Initiate and Adjust Lean

Understand the maneuvering elements needed for negotiating curves

Experience the effects of handgrip pressure and handlebar movement to initiate and adjust lean

Stopping More Quickly & Tight Turns from a Stop

Develop a feel for progressive braking pressure to stop more quickly without skidding

Practice making a sharp turn from a stop

Stopping Distance Demonstration

Observe a demonstration of the reaction/braking parts of total stopping distance

To understand effects of speed on braking distance

To relate the results to intersection strategies

Limited-Space Maneuvers

Refine maneuvering skills to allow turns in limited spaces

Learn the counterweighting technique

Stopping in a Curve

Learn to maintain control while stopping in a curve

Understand traction management

Curve Judgment

Improve skills for negotiating multiple curves

Understand the "search-setup-smooth" strategy

Multiple Curves & Lane Changes

Practice negotiating curves and lane changes

Understand safety margins and gap selection

Crossing an Obstacle & Swerving

Learn techniques for crossing over obstacles

Execute a basic swerve

Practice turning from a stop

Refine slow-speed weaves

Skill Practice

Capstone exercise that combines a variety of maneuvers

Skill Test

To assess basic skills using a cone weave, normal stop, turning from a stop, U-turn, quick stop, obstacle swerve, and cornering maneuver.

To demonstrate basic motorcycle control skills and ability to avoid an obstacle

To demonstrate ability to use the proper technique to negotiate a curve

The course concludes with a classroom knowledge test and hands-on a riding skill evaluation. Once your RiderCoach hands you the course-completion card, you'll be happy knowing that you’ve gone the extra mile to develop your own safe riding techniques.